O'Neill warns Eagles off starlet
Villa striker staying put
Last Updated: February 15, 2009 12:41pm
Delfouneso: Going nowhere
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has ruled out loaning out young striker Nathan Delfouneso to Crystal Palace.
Eagles boss Neil Warnock has confirmed his interest in the highly-rated 18-year-old as he looks to bolster his attacking options.
Delfouneso has impressed when given the chance at Villa this season, scoring three goals in seven appearances and O'Neill is keen to keep him at Villa Park.
Asked about any possible move to Palace, O'Neill said: "He (Palace boss Neil Warnock) hasn't got a prayer. I'm sure he would like to have him. I'm delighted he told the papers instead of me.
"Funnily enough, I didn't know anything about that so that's news to me. Next season I expect him to be a fully paid-up member of the first team."